Welcome to BorderTramp
This is your source for information on traveling in Central America and the Yucatan. We have traveled repeatedly throughout the region since 1976, and we took a lot of notes. So whether you are planning your first trip, or are a seasoned tramper, we have information that can help you along the way. That is assuming you like the idea of averaging spending less than $20 a day on your bed, food and transportation. Luxury hotels and all-inclusive resorts won’t be found on this site. But what we do list are hotels and hostels with beds that cost less than $15 per night. We also feature street food and local eateries where you can fill up for less than the cost of a happy meal, and tips on navigating public transportation throughout the region. Included in doing we cover scuba diving, ruins, volcano surfing in Nicaragua, surfing El Salvador, whale shark trips, national parks and lakes, all of which can break your budget but may be affordable after the money we save you.
So to get started, you can browse by clicking the countries listed on the left which will bring you to cities, sleeping, eating, getting- going, things to do, and stories of our adventures. Each city will have its own detailed write-up. You can also read more about us below, or in the About tab at the top. Or if you have questions, or comments, updates to our information or think that you want to write for BorderTramp, visit the Contact Us Page. We hope you both enjoy BorderTramp and contribute your experiences to our website.
Our goal is to offer a comprehensive outline for traveling Central America on a budget. Our style certainly takes some initiative on your part — being able to negotiate rides or rates is sometimes part of the adventure. So is improvising. And being willing to change plans at the drop of a hat. But we feel that it’s worth the effort. Whether you are saving money to extend your travels, or to save up for expenses like scuba diving or studying Spanish, our goal is to make budget travel easier.
On this site you’ll find tips on finding the best village markets for food or textiles, how to buy and prepare a fresh-seafood dinner straight off the boats of the local fishermen, how to pick up a cheap cross-country ride where first or second class isn’t even an option. Because we know as well as you that tramp-traveling is not a vacation, it’s a lifestyle.